Left to right: Julia Tirenna, Ed Norris, Jen Seidel and Francesca Falcon This was not your usual fundraising party crowd mingling in the ballroom at the Valley Mansion - enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and perusing an extensive silent auction of sports memorabilia. At other fundraisers, guests might say they were most looking forward to dancing after dinner, or the heartwarming tribute to an honoree. At "An Evening Ringside" benefiting the Jonathan Ogden Foundation, the anticipation was for something a tad more physical. "Blood and guts, that's what I'm looking for," said Chris A'hern, Jack Christopher Custom Clothing president, with a gleam in his eye. This was the eighth year former Raven Jonathan Odgen had held the fundraiser where a mostly male crowd of attendees enjoys several bouts of professional boxing after dinner - held in a ring set up in the middle of the ballroom. Many guests - like Paul Rabil, professional lacrosse player - say this evening is a night of male bonding they look forward to each year. "I'm a big fan of Jonathan's and a big fan of his cause," Rabil said. "Great people, food, beverage and boxing; it's definitely unique to Baltimore." If you are planning a fundraising party you would like considered for Scene & Heard coverage, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Jackson, for The Baltimore Sun